"'The Dead Cities, Al Bara" Syria Off The Beaten Path Tip by Doctor38

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The Dead cities are a collection of little villages and towns the are located between Aleppo and Hama along the modern highway. These cities date back to the 3rd century AD. Some were mysteriously abandoned. It is estimated that there are 500 of these sites. many of them are incorporated into existing villages and homes. Some of these sites and some are large and vacant.

Al Bara was founded in the 4th century AD and prospered as a center for wine and olive. Although the city was predominantly Christian, it did not survive the curse of the first crusade and was utterly destroyed. You can see the remains of churches in ruins. Buildings are very interesting and unique in shape with its pyramid like roof tops. These ruins are located mid of olive fields and it is very pleasant to walk around

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  • Updated Feb 2, 2009
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